[ leg-hawrn for 1–3; leg-ern, -hawrn for 4 ]
/ ˈlɛgˌhɔrn for 1–3; ˈlɛg ərn, -ˌhɔrn for 4 /


English name of Livorno.
(lowercase) a fine, smooth, plaited straw.
(lowercase) a hat made of such straw, often having a broad, soft brim.
one of a Mediterranean breed of chickens that are prolific layers of white-shelled eggs.
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British Dictionary definitions for leghorn (1 of 2)


/ (ˈlɛɡˌhɔːn) /


a type of Italian wheat straw that is woven into hats
any hat made from this straw when plaited

Word Origin for leghorn

C19: named after Leghorn (Livorno)

British Dictionary definitions for leghorn (2 of 2)



(ˈlɛɡˌhɔːn) the English name for Livorno
(lɛˈɡɔːn) a breed of domestic fowl laying white eggs
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Word Origin and History for leghorn


breed of fowl, 1869, from Leghorn, city in Italy (modern Livorno, 16c.-17c. Legorno), from Latin Liburnus, from the native people name Liburni, which is of unknown signification.

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